New York, NY (PRWEB) September 14, 2012
The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the establishment of The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, a new $1 million initiative that will fund much-needed treatments and services for shelter dogs and puppies at municipal animal sheltering organizations, ultimately preparing them for transport from overcrowded shelters to give them the best chance of finding permanent, loving homes. The project is being made possible thanks to a generous donation from Mrs. Carroll Petrie, a respected international philanthropist.
“We are incredibly thankful to Mrs. Petrie for enabling us to establish The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project – a unique program that will go a long way in helping save the lives of animals across the country,” said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “We are hoping the project will be a shining example of the impact generous donors can have on animals, and that it will inspire other organizations to look beyond the walls of their facilities for new collaborations and partnerships.”
Mrs. Petrie stated: “Dogs have always been a joy and comfort to my family. And now through the ASPCA’s efforts, puppies and adult dogs who have been abandoned or deserted due to horrific natural disasters, neglect or owners’ economic choices will be cared for and nurtured, and hopefully more will find compassionate homes.”
The ASPCA, through The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, aims to save 16,600 dogs before the end of May 2013, through a per dog or puppy subsidy for each animal transferred out through the following types of programs:
The subsidy per dog or puppy can be used for anything from crates and gasoline purchases for transport vehicles to “make-ready” veterinary services for the dogs (i.e. spay/neuter, health certificates, vaccines) that will prepare them to leave the shelter. Participating organizations may also choose to give all or part of the money to the rescue groups or destination shelters that take the dogs, helping to offset their costs. The subsidy will only apply to lives saved above and beyond each participating groups previous year's numbers.
The funds for the program will be distributed by the ASPCA to the participating shelters across the country. Participating organizations so far include:
“The participating organizations are taking such an important step by joining this project,” said Sandy Monterose, senior director of community initiatives for the ASPCA. “By expanding relationships with shelters and rescue groups in their region and other parts of the country to move these dogs, they’re not only alleviating the burden on their own facilities, but they are giving these animals a much-needed second chance at life.”
The program is already being used to treat dogs. Some of the animals who’ve been helped through The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project at one of the participating organizations – Oxford Lafayette Humane Society (OLHS) in Oxford, Miss. – include:
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit http://www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
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